Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Policy Manual ?
Policy Manual ?
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 07:33:06 EDT
With the several good posts on units writing or desiring policy manual and
the excellent response by Mike Bowman, I was motivated to think and consider
a bit about my experiences in this area.
1) I have never had much of a policy manual. We had some simple rules
and considered, amended and granted exceptions to them as seemed appropriate.
2) I really never had problems in this area with the youth members.
They accepted what was said, might ask for an exception and either would take
it as granted or cope if it was not granted.
3) Any problems were with parents, youth incited by parents or with
other adults. It would be questions like why their son had to do more than
some other person's son or why their son didn't get every award which some
other person's son got or why they had to pay so much money, etc. etc. etc.
SO, there is a temptation to think that a policy manual may make things
simpler for the leaders. Will it really or will it only eliminate the need
for creating a unique program for each member or for explaining to parents
that every boy is different and that an ideal Scouting program is
individually designed for each boy and that competition in Scouting is
individual Scout against his best, not one Scout against another? I don't
believe that it really will make relations with the boys measurably better at
Would it potentially do as much to have a BRIEF statement of organization
something like the following. If I am hopelessly naive in light of today's
Scouting and Cub Scouting, please let me know
Our purpose in Pack XXX is to create and maintain an environment which will
improve the citizenship, character and fitness of each Pack member. We also
try to have each boy and each adult connected with the Pack have as much fun
as possible. Working together as families is essential and the support of
his family is will help each Cub Scout have the best possible experience.
Occasionally, questions or even disagreements will occur in our Pack. We try
to resolve those using the spirit of the Cub Scout Oath or Promise, Law of
the Pack and Cub Scout Motto and our purpose as stated above. Scouting is a
program where each boy is uniquely challenged to do his best and to grow as
much as is comfortably possible. The Scouting experience for each boy is and
should be different. We will try our best to be "fair" to each boy and
family, but we do not and will not interpret fairness to mean that each boy
is treated exactly the same and is challenged exactly the same.
We encourage each family to participate in the leadership of the Pack. We
also encourage each family to communicate with their Den Leader (s) and the
Cubmaster about how best to create an outstanding Cub Scouting experience for
their son. If there are any physical, mental or emotional situations which
impact any Cub Scout, it is essential that we know those.
We do have meetings and activities and there are costs for our Pack. We ask
that Cub Scouts sign up for events as early as possible, pay as early as
possible and, if plans change, let us know as early as possible. We are all
volunteers giving our time and we each have a limited amount of time which we
can devote to the Pack. There are fund raising activities for the Pack and
each member and we do believe that it is fair and proper for each family to
help earn their fair share of the Pack costs. Helping earn money is one of
the growth experiences for a Cub Scout and we want to be sure that each
member experiences that growth.
Our sponsor is YYYYY and we are part of the youth program of YYYY. We very
much appreciate the support and help of YYYYY to each of the members and
families involved in the Pack. We are chartered by the Boy Scouts of
America and follow the principles of the Boy Scouts of America.